Hilbert (game)

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トウヤ Tōya
Black White Hilbert.png
Art from Black and White
Age 14[1]
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Dark brown
Hometown Nuvema Town
Region Unova
Relatives Mom, mentioned father (as player)
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, player character
Generation V, VII, VIII, IX
Counterpart(s) Hilbert (Masters)
Games Black, White, Masters EX
English voice actor Griffin Burns[2] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Junko Minagawa[3] (Masters EX)
Anime series Pokémon Generations
Debut The King Returns
English voice actor N/A
Japanese voice actor N/A
Manga series Pokémon Adventures
Be the Best! Pokémon B+W
Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder
Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~
Pocket Monsters BW
Counterpart(s) Black (Adventures), Monta, Shin (FAT), Hiro, Black (Pocket Monsters BW)
Debut Choices (Adventures)
Advance Toward the Path of the Strongest! (B+W)
Justice Trainer Shin Appears! (FAT)
PMBW01 (Pocket Monsters BW)

Hilbert (Japanese: トウヤ Tōya) is the male player character in Pokémon Black and White. His female counterpart is Hilda.


The name Hilbert (Japanese: トウヤ Tōya) comes from his NPC appearance in the Battle Subway. It is also his most commonly used name, being used in merchandising and the Pokémon Masters EX spin-off game.

He was named Black (Japanese: ブラック Black) in certain pre-release material. English demos for Black and White refer to the character as Blair, while English screenshots refer to him as Kuro. If a transferred Pokémon that has a trainer with a prohibited name comes from Black or Black 2, the Pokémon's OT will also be set to Kuro (Japanese: ブラック. Black.), while Pokémon from White or White 2 will have their OT set to Shiro (Japanese: ホワイト. White.).

In the core series games

Pokémon Black and White

As the playable character

Hilbert is a 14-year-old boy who lives in Nuvema Town, as do his childhood friends, Cheren and Bianca. If chosen as the player, he will receive a starter Pokémon and a Pokédex from Professor Juniper. After setting off on his Pokémon journey at the same time as Cheren and Bianca, Hilbert will at some point be asked by Fennel to do some sort of quest; in return for its completion, Hilbert will receive a C-Gear.

As well as encountering and battling his childhood friends at various points during his journey, Hilbert will also meet a young man known as N, who wishes to create separate worlds for humans and Pokémon. In order to achieve his goals, he and Hilbert will battle several times during the course of the game. Hilbert also battles Team Plasma at various stages of his journey. Ultimately, Hilbert is recognized as a hero by Reshiram or Zekrom, depending on the version.

As a non-playable character

If not chosen as the player, Hilbert appears as the player's partner in the Battle Subway when choosing to ride the Multi-Train. Two of the following Pokémon are picked from the corresponding list, depending on what the player wants him to base his team on. If the player chooses "A balance between the two," Hilbert's Pokémon are chosen from either list.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

In Black 2 and White 2, the protagonist of Black and White was said to be searching for N in a faraway region and has not yet returned home. His mom mistakes the player for him.


Battle Subway Pokémon

This is a list of all the Pokémon used in the Multi Train and Super Multi Train battles. Each Pokémon has a non-Hidden Ability that, along with gender, is randomly selected. These Pokémon will always have the maximum 31 individual values across every stat and the full 510 effort values evenly distributed (rounding down) among two or three stats.

Offensive-based Pokémon

Defensive-based Pokémon

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Hilbert (Masters)

Hilbert, who is based on the player character from Pokémon Black, forms a sync pair with Oshawott and its evolved forms Dewott and Samurott, along with Mightyena and Genesect in Pokémon Masters EX. Hilbert became a playable sync pair on September 24, 2019.

In this game, his reason for looking for N during the events of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 is revealed to be due to N having left too suddenly for Hilbert to say goodbye to him, which is similar to what Hilbert's mom also said in Black 2 and White 2. Hilbert first appeared as an NPC during the eighteenth chapter of the PML Arc. He also made a notable appearance later in the Villain Arc.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#067 VSHilbert Masters.png Hilbert #0503 MastersIcon0503.png Oshawott → Dewott → Samurott
WaterIC Masters.png
ElectricIC Masters.png
Masters Support.png ★★★★★☆EX Sync Pair Scout
#067 VSHilbert Fall 2020 Masters.png Fall 2020
#0262 MastersIcon0262.png Mightyena
DarkIC Masters.png
FairyIC Masters.png
Masters Physical Strike.png ★★★★★☆EX Seasonal Sync Pair Scout
#067 VSHilbert Sygna Masters.png Sygna Suit
#0649 MastersIcon0649.png Genesect
BugIC Masters.png
FireIC Masters.png
Masters Tech.png ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout


Main article: Hilbert (game)/Quotes


In the anime

Pokémon Generations

Hilbert briefly appeared in The King Returns, where he arrived at the Giant Chasm on the back of his Zekrom to help N battle Ghetsis and White Kyurem.

Much like the other player characters depicted in Pokémon Generations, Hilbert doesn't have any lines of dialogue.

Hilbert's Zekrom
Zekrom is Hilbert's only known Pokémon. It appeared alongside its Trainer to help N stop Ghetsis.

Zekrom's only known move is Thunderbolt.

Debut The King Returns


Hilbert briefly appeared in GOTCHA!, with his Zekrom.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Black, Hilbert's Pokémon Adventures counterpart
Main article: Black (Adventures)

Black from Pokémon Adventures is based on Hilbert, whose dream is to be the Champion of the Unova Pokémon League.

Be the Best! Pokémon B+W

Main article: Monta

Monta from Be the Best! Pokémon B+W is based on Hilbert.

Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends

Main article: Touya (MWL)

Touya from Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends is based on Hilbert.

Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder

Main article: Shin (FAT)

Shin from Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder is based on Hilbert.

Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~

Main article: Hiro

Hiro from Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~ is based on Hilbert.

Pocket Monsters BW

Black from Pocket Monsters BW is based on Hilbert.




Black White Hilbert.png Victini-Liberty Garden Island.png
Artwork from Black and White Liberty Garden Island artwork with Victini and Hilda
Battle Subway artwork.png Pokémon Day 2022 Unova BW Artwork.png
Battle Subway artwork Artwork of the Pokémon Musical for Pokémon Day by Megumi Mizutani
Ghetsis and Team Plasma.jpg
Promotional artwork by
Yusuke Ohmura[citation needed]


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Pokémon Friends 3DS theme artwork

Game assets

Sprites and models

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Spr BW Hilbert.png Spr BW Hilbert 2.png Spr B2W2 Hilbert.png Spr B2W2 Hilbert 2.png BW Hilbert Back.png
Sprite from
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Wonder Launcher sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Wonder Launcher sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Back sprite from
Black and White
BW HilbertOD Stand.png HilbertChallenge.png Hilbert intro.png Hilbert Xtransceiver.png
Overworld sprite from
Black and White
VS sprite from
Black and White
Intro sprite from
Black and White
Xtransceiver sprite from
Black and White


  • From a bird's-eye view, Hilbert's hat looks like a Poké Ball.
  • Unused text in Black 2 and White 2 indicates that Hilbert and Hilda were originally planned as opponents at the Pokémon World Tournament.
  • Hilbert and Hilda are the first player characters in the core series games not to have pre-programmed names either by choice or in case one isn't specified.
  • In the May 2010 volume of CoroCoro Comics and the January 2011 volume of Nintendo Dream, it was stated that Hilbert and Hilda are older than previous player characters, but it is not said how much older they actually are.
    • According to game scenario author Toshinobu Matsumiya, Hilbert and Hilda were initially visualized to be at the age of 16.[4]
  • Hilbert's name may be a reference to David Hilbert, a German mathematician who developed Hilbert's program in an attempt to prove mathematical truth. This is similar to the theme of truth and ideals throughout Black and White.
    • This is also similar to N's mathematical motifs.
  • Ash's appearance in Pokėmon the Series: Black and White, is inspired by Hilbert's design. Ash's outfit is slightly altered, having a primarily white jacket with short sleeves and a light blue top; and his hat being white in the front and red in the back (being the inverse of Hilbert's).


Language Name Origin
Japanese トウヤ Tōya From 闘 (fight)
English Hilbert From Hilbert, a male name derived from the Germanic element hild (battle) and beorht (bright)
German Warren From war
Spanish Lucho From lucha (fight)
French Ludwig From Ludwig, a Germanic name derived from the Old High German words hluth (famous) and wig (war)
Italian Alcide From Alcides, an alternate name for Heracles
Korean 투지 Tuji From 투지 (鬪志) tuji (fighting spirit)
Chinese (Mandarin) 鬥也 Dòuyě From 鬥 dòu / dau (fight)
Chinese (Cantonese) 鬥也 Dauyáh


Player characters
Core series RedLeafEthanKrisLyraBrendanMayLucasDawn
Side series WesMichaelNateCyndy
Spin-off games MarkMintTodd SnapLucy Fleetfoot
HeroHeroineTim GoodmanScottieBettie

Non-player characters in the core series games
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughHugh's sisterCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesLoblollyCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaLookerNColressMorimotoNishinoPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym Leaders • Elite Four (UnovaBB) • PWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesmanSpecial CoachesGuidance counselors
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